6. Vegans save tons of water, literally.
Water fit for drinking is not a luxury – it is a necessity, and much of it is wasted through meat production. It takes 441 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Consider, too, that 60 percent of American waterways were polluted, and the major reason is animal agriculture. As vegan activist and actress Alicia Silverstone said in her book, The Kind Life, “One 16-ounce steak uses the amount of water you need for six months of showers! Holy cow!”
7. Factory farming is cruel.
Animal activist Bruce Freidrich summed up the realities of our farming situation perfectly: “The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other confinement systems.
These animals will never raise families, root in the soil, build nests, or do anything else that is natural and important to them. They won’t even get to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded on trucks bound for slaughter.”
8. Animals have emotions and the capacity to suffer.
Farm animals like pigs, sheep, cows and chickens possess the same capacity to experience and express pain as cats, dogs, and people do. Yet farm animals, who endure tortuous daily cruelty, are denied the legal protection of animal cruelty laws reserved for animals we more commonly perceive as pets. This includes painful surgical mutilations like de-beaking without pain relief and ,in most cases, extreme and unnatural overcrowding and confinement.
By going vegan, we as consumers possess the power to radically alter the system. In a cash-based society, we vote with our dollars. Simply put: Less meat is consumed means fewer animals suffer and are killed in service of our dinner plates.
9. A life of compassion feels good.
To be vegan is to be free. Without the emotional and physical burdens that come with flesh consumption, you can face life, and the animals in it, with a clear conscience and sense of moral purpose.
10. You will be a lifesaver.
Going vegan can be a challenge if you’re accustomed to consuming lots of meat and dairy products, but with the advancements in meat and dairy substitutes, it’s never been easier. In every way, it is absolutely worth it. There is nothing like the health, environmental, and moral benefits of living a clean, compassionate life.
The average meat-eater consumes approximately 100 animals every year; by forgoing meat, you save that many.